AT CONNECTICUT CONVENTION CENTER IN HARTFORD
Just in Time for Start of Spring Fishing & Hunting Season!
EXPERT SPEAKERS, DEMONSTRATIONS & HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES,
FRIDAY, MARCH 31-SUNDAY, APRIL 2 “NORTHEAST FISHING & HUNTING SHOW”
20TH Annual Event Coming to Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford
Designed as a great outing for the entire family, the show will feature 50 hours of free seminars by fishing and hunting experts (many on national TV), a number of whom also are hosting their own booths. They include: Alberto Knie (a/k/a “Crazy Alberto”) - a world-class extreme trophy game fish hunter and writer/fishing product designer who specializes in the art of Trophy Fishing and Conservation; John Ibbotson, COO of “The Best of the West” on the Pursuit Channel and Wild TV (Canada); TV’s Gerry Rightmyer & Steve Schicker, hosts of the Pursuit Channel’s “Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventure”; Del DelMastro, archery tackle and urban deer hunter; whitetail hunters Dean and Shelli Vanier, International bow hunter Del DelMastro; Professional Angler and Bassmaster Mike DelVisco; Ralph Wilkins of National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna”; Diving fisherman Mike Laptew; Custom lure designer Al Gag; and Fishing Captains Brian Bacon, Greg Dubrule, TJ Karbowski, John Planeta, Mike Roy, Mel True and Dave Brandt.
►New this year is a 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough Fish Tank, the site of daily demonstrations of fishing and casting by professional anglers, including Connecticut’s own Paul Mueller, 2014 BASS Federation National Champion on Friday at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There also will be daily demonstrations at a separate casting pond.
►For the second year, attendees, attendees can get free appraisals of their antique and collectible fishing lure and tackle by Lang’s Auction of Waterville, NY. Lang’s Auction is the world’s largest and most respected auction firm with auction price records in every category of fishing tackle, including the highest price ever paid for a single fishing lure of $101,200.
►Daily hunting and pointing dog demonstrations on “training your dog to ‘point’” and “training your dog to ‘hunt shed antlers’” will be presented by Dusty W German Shorthaired Pointers of Palmerton, Penn., who will be featured on the April premiere of “Wild Bout Huntin” on the Pursuit Channel. Attendees can meet the live eagles, owls and hawks of Talons! Birds of Prey, and take on the challenge of the Black Hawk II virtual fishing fighting chair.
►Returning favorites include the Catch & Release Trout Pond – catch a live, tagged fish and win a child’s rod and reel, an NRA Laser Shooting Range, a Sportsmen’s Outpost’s archery range, and a Kids’ Bass Casting Competition sponsored by the Connecticut Bass Federation. And, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs again is bringing its Mobile VetCenter Bus staffed by outreach representatives.
►Fly-fishing casting demonstrators include Capt. Dave Brandt of Oneonta, NY; and Fred Wilson of Sandy Hook, Conn. Among the many fly-tiers demonstrating their craft are: Capt. Dave Brandt; and Fred Wilson of Sandy Hook, Conn.
►The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) will host a variety of booths, featuring mounted Connecticut fish and animals and a tank of live fish from Connecticut waters. Throughout the show, DEEP experts will provide consumer education on a range of topics, and will present the latest rules and regulations dealing with wildlife, fisheries, hunting and fishing for the coming season. The Hunter Safety Program will feature its ever popular Laser Shoot supervised by NRA Safety Instructors and statewide boating/safety access information will be available from Boating Safety Division staff. In addition, on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m., DEEP will hold its Annual Trophy Fish Award Ceremony at the show.
Show hours for the “Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show, engineered by GMC”:
Friday, March 31 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is Cash Only: $12 adults; $4 Children 5 to 12; and Free under age 5. Admission gets you into all seminars at no extra cost. Saturday, April 1 is Veterans Appreciation Day at the Show: Free admission for the first 200 U.S. veterans or active military in line with a valid military or veteran association-issued ID.
Event sponsors include: GMC, Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, The Fisherman Magazine, LeafFilter of Connecticut, Renewals by Anderson, VA Healthcare; Country 92-5 WWYZ, WFSB Channel 3, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos, Inc.
For more show information visit www.fishinghuntingshow.com or call 860-844-8461, Facebook.
* We at the Middletown Insider wish or friend Bob Crook a speedy and full recovery.